Although the subjects of these dog stories are the writer's dogs, these memoirs are universal in their appeal. All of these dog stories are about the special bond that can form between dogs and people. This dog book is for all ages, and with the exception of one story (My Dog is a Slut) any of these dog stories could be a bedtime story for children. These dog stories run the emotional gamut from absurdity to poignancy, and range from humorous to heartbreaking, something any dog lover can understand.
"These simply told tales, straight from Ms. Robinson's heart, speak of a love that transcends species. Her homespun humor makes them a delight to read, offsetting the raw grief she shares over the loss of tiny Ruth Ann and later big Bubba. But hope springs eternal and new dogs continue to be born, a touching lesson for all, with dogs or without," says another reviewer. Although the loss of a dog is always sad, it's the dogs in our lives that somehow make us more human. Life without dogs? I don't think so.
From dressing a chihuahua in a red corduroy coat to conveying the profound and heartbreaking grief of a dog, these dog stories will be appreciated by any dog lover.
Almost every dog memoir in this collection is either about a chihuahua mix and/or the abandoned hound that claimed a family as his own. One story is about a lost mother dog who depended on the kindness of strangers after delivering her puppies in a cave on the side of a cliff. Another is about a little dog's grief when her master died; although he was important enough to be mourned by an entire city, Mopsy's sorrow was heartbreaking.
Most of the dogs in these stories came from an animal shelter, and the fidelity that each rescue dog demonstrates, from utter loyalty to pure devotion, makes a master humble. A portion of the proceeds from this dog ebook, as well as from the hard copy of Dogs and Love (available at www.createspace.com) goes to a dog rescue program.
Perhaps you will remember some of the dogs you have loved over the years as you read these stories about dogs, and realize how important dogs truly are in the emotional lives of humans. This book is more than just a group of dog stories about dogs. It's about the deep emotional connection we share with our dogs, and how special that bond truly is. In the same vein as W. Bruce Cameron's "A Dog's Purpose," these charming and insightful glimpses into the special relationship between humans and dogs might make you laugh out loud and could make your heart break all over again as you think of the dogs in your life. This Amazon bestseller is a short read, but a rewarding one.
"Ferris Robinson's Dogs and Love is not just about dogs. It's also about the "Dog Persons" who love them, spoil them, worry about them, grieve over them, rejoice over them, learn from them, and generally cannot live without them. This collection of stories is beautifully written - intelligent, witty, charming and touching without being corny. It is written from the heart of a "Dog Person." Highly recommend!"
"This is a great book for those of us who love our dogs like members of our families. The stories within the story are great. I laughed and cried and cried and when I finished the book, I had a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart." Amazon reviewer
"Loved your essays. You made me laugh, made me sad and sometimes nostalgic, such as the one about your empty nest. I really like your work."
Janie Dempsey Watts - author of Moon Over Taylor's Ridge